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The Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON

Cf. Judith 13: 18-19


Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary, by the Lord God Most High,
above all women on the earth;
for he has so exalted your Name
that your praise shall be undying on our lips.

COLLECT

O God, whose Son, dying on the altar of the Cross,
willed that the most Blessed Virgin Mary,
whom he had chosen as his Mother,
should be our Mother also,
graciously grant, we pray,
that we, who fly to her protection,
may find comfort by invoking our Mother’s name.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

FIRST READING
Sir 24:17-21

Remembrance of me is a legacy to future generations.

A reading from the Book of Sirach

I bud forth delights like the vine,
   my blossoms become fruit fair and rich.
Come to me, all you that yearn for me,
   and be filled with my fruits.
You will remember me as sweeter than honey,
   better to have than the honeycomb.
Whoever eats of me will hunger still,
   whoever drinks of me will thirst for more;
whoever obeys me will not be put to shame,
   whoever serves me will never fail.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Lk 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54

R. (See Isaiah 61:10b) My spirit rejoices in my God.

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
   my spirit rejoices in God my savior.
For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness;
   behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.

R. My spirit rejoices in my God.

The Mighty One has done great things for me,
   and holy is his name.
The Lord’s mercy is from age to age
   to those who fear him.

R. My spirit rejoices in my God.

The hungry he has filled with good things;
   the rich he has sent away empty.
The Lord has helped Israel his servant,
   remembering his mercy.

R. My spirit rejoices in my God.

VERSE BEFORE THE GOSPEL
See Luke 1:28

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you,
blessed are you among women.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL
Lk 1:26-38

The virgin’s name was Mary.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

The angel Gabriel was sent from God
   to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
   to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
   of the house of David,
   and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to Mary, the angel said,
   “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.”
But Mary was greatly troubled at what was said
   and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
   “Do not be afraid, Mary,
   for you have found favor with God.
“Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
   and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
   and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
   and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
   and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
But Mary said to the angel,
   “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply,
   “The holy Spirit will come upon you,
   and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
   will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
   has also conceived a son in her old age,
   and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
   for nothing will be impossible for God.”
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”
Then the angel departed from her.

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

Through the words of the Gospel
may our sins be wiped away.

PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS

Lord,
look with favor on the gifts we offer
and grant that our hearts may be enlightened
by the Holy Spirit,
so that in imitation of Blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
we may seek to be faithful to Christ, your Son,
to please him in all that we do,
and to live only for him.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

PREFACE: The Holy Name of Mary
Our Lady is the Temple of God’s Glory.

V.
The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.

V. Lift up your hearts.
R. We lift them up to the Lord.

V. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
R. It is right and just.

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
through Christ our Lord.

For in no other name is there salvation;
at his command every knee must bend,
in heaven, on earth, and under the earth.

But by your loving providence
the name of the Virgin Mary also
should echo and re-echo
on the lips of your faithful people who
turn to her with confidence
as their star of hope,
call on her as their mother
in time of danger,
and seek her protection
in their hour of need.

With thankful praise,
in company with the Angels,
we glorify your power
as we sing with one voice:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.


COMMUNION ANTIPHON

Cf. Luke 1: 48


All generations will call me blessed,
for God has looked on his lowly handmaid.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Grant us we pray, O Lord,
whom you have strengthened at the table of word and Sacrament,
that, with Blessed Mary as our patron and guide,
we may reject whatever is contrary to the name of Christian
and follow whatever accords with it.
Through Christ our Lord.

SOLEMN BLESSING

The following Solemn Blessing may be used:


The Lord be with you.

The people reply:

And with your spirit.

The Deacon or, in his absence, the Priest himself, says the invitation:

Bow down for the blessing.

Then the Priest, with hands outstretched over the people, says

Ordinary Time I

May the Father of all mercy,
through the love with which he cherished
the Mother of his Son,
bless you with health of mind and body.
R. Amen.

May Jesus Christ, the blessed fruit of Mary’s womb,
adorn you with the virtues
that will make you more pleasing to him.
R. Amen.

May the Holy Spirit,
whose power overshadowed the Blessed Virgin,
give you serenity and peace,
that you may live as one in mind and heart
in the household of the Church.
R. Amen.

And may the blessing of almighty God,
the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit,
come down on you and remain with you for ever.
R. Amen.

Ordinary Time II

May God, who through the childbearing of the Blessed Virgin Mary
willed in his great kindness to redeem the human race,
be pleased to enrich you with his blessing.
R. Amen.

May you know always and everywhere the protection of her,
through whom you have been found worthy to receive the author of life.
R. Amen.

May you, who have devoutly gathered to celebrate this memorial of our Lady,
carry away with you the gifts of spiritual joys and heavenly rewards.
R. Amen.

And may the blessing of almighty God,
the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit,
come down on you and remain with you for ever.
R. Amen.

Ordinary Time III

May the Father of mercies bless you
through the intercession of Blessed Mary ever-Virgin
through whom he chose to remedy the fall of our first parents.
R. Amen.

May Jesus Christ, who in the womb of the Blessed Virgin
became our brother and our Savior,
free your hearts from every trace of sin.
R. Amen.

May the Holy Spirit
increase in you the grace of true faith and of hope for heaven,
that you may walk in the ways of the Gospel
and so reach your eternal home.
R. Amen.

And may the blessing of almighty God,
the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit,
come down on you and remain with you for ever.
R. Amen.

Then the Deacon, or the Priest himself, with hands joined and facing the people, says:

Go forth, the Mass is ended.

Or:

Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.

Or:

Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.

Or:

Go in peace.

The people reply:

Thanks be to God.

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